How to use Stampin Up label framelits on birthday card

Welcome to Tuesday and the last day of April! Hope your week has started well and continues so :)

I have a pretty in pink card for you today using the Little Friends set again and the 2nd of the 3 cutie pie images.

 A simple card today, the base layer is Raspberry Ripple (one of the In Colours for 2012-2014) with pink pirouette designer series paper from the subtles paper stack and whisper white layers cut with labels collection framelits. Embellishment wise I have stuck to simple brads but toyed with the idea of a few hand rolled flowers as well - what do you think?

The flag sentiments are both from the same Little Friends stamp set and are again simple but effective in their message. I've colured the delightful little girls with Stampin Markers in varying shades of pink, yellow &   and used the blush blossom marker for their skin  (although think I could have lightened it first - they look a bit tanned!)

Here are the materials used ..

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Back tomorrow with something bright for you :)

How to use glitter embossing powder on Stampin Up Swallowtail stamp

Well hello there! Welcome back after the weekend for the countdown to May Day on Wednesday.

I have had another play with the gorgeous butterfly Swallowtail stamp and given it a different look from last weeks creation - I've coloured it with markers and then glitter embossed it to give it some sparkle to brighten the day.

Here it is ..

I've coloured the Swallowtail stamp with Stampin Write Markers in Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point & Marina Mist and then embossed it with Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder to give it an iridescent shimmer. I've tried to capture the shimmer here ..

Think you can just about see the light reflecting on the powder at the top of the wing. I wanted the stamp to have a ghostly shadow as well so Versamarked it slightly off of the original stamp.

As this image is so strong & powerful, I don't feel it needs too much embellishing so I have simply carried on the botanicals theme and added linen thread and an antique brad. The sentiment comes from the Little Friends stamp set featured yesterday.

Back tomorrow with some pink for the girls :)

Stampin Up Storytime & Little Friend Birthday boy card

Hi, hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday wherever in the world you are :)

The card I made for today features a little friend - isn't he sweet? I don't often create boys cards being mother to all girls so it makes a lovely change :)

I fancied having a crack at the sketch over at CAS colours & sketches this week - partly because I am a closet fan of banners & scraps cards; you already know how much I dislike cutting into a whole 12x12 sheet ;) 

The little boy is from Little Friends stamp set (w 122665 £21.95, c 122667 £17.95) - a cute collection of children's images perfect for little ones cards with a variety of typograph style sentiments. The paper is from Storytime (126907 £9.95); I really need to use this more but I love the fun patterns too much! 

Here's a closeup - love those cheeks!

The brad is from the In Colours designer printed brads (122940 £7.25) in Island Indigo and the colouring is with Many Marvellous Markers (£2.95 each) in pool party, midnight muse, wild wasabi, crumb cake, pacific point, oh & pink pirouette for the cheeks ;)  

As all Stampin up products are colour coordinated (the part I love most about them!) then it's really easy to pick out marker and ink colours to match the papers and cards used - even the ribbons & embellishments match perfectly - one less thing to think about!! Definitely a Stampin Up unique selling point. 

One of the most handy Stampin Up products I own is the colour coach (121046 £13.50), a swatchbook with a card for every colour in the collections which makes colour scheming simple and suggests colours to put together.

Back in the morning to start another week - this time with another butterfly for you :) Until then - happy stamping!

Monochrome Fathers Day card using Stampin Up clockworks stamps

Hi there and how are you today? Well I hope!

Today I'm showcasing a card that took me out of my comfort zone - no ribbons, no embellishments, no buttons :( but I wanted to see what would happen if I didn't have them to rely on and to let the design do all the talking.. well here it is .. 

I was inspired by the sketch over at Mojo Monday #290 and am starting to dabble with Monochromes a bit more. I've used Clockworks (w 127290 £25.95, c 127292 £17.95) as my main stamp set with the lettering from the Letter It stamp set (122840 £39.95, c 122842 £31.95) - a good solid reliable alphabet stamp set :) I did have to add some linen thread though - sorry couldn't resist ;) 

The background grid paper was a scrap piece from one of the Fan Fair designer series papers, but since it was monochrome too it got dragged into the project. I kind of like the arygyle style border on the bottom - and at least I got the numbers stamped on the clock the right way round! 

The lettering was stamped in soft suede and then clear embossed using a heat tool to give it a shiny raised effect to make the card more 2D. 

Well, after all that talk it's time for me to move on with my weekend & fingers crossed some crafting for my May flowers & friendship classes - if you'd like to join us in person or online you will be most welcome!

There are also a couple spaces left on my Stampin Stash Club starting next week - £25 product spend for 6 months & get a free £25 spend in month 7!

See you soon

Up - cycling brown packing paper to make a gift bag using Stampin Up Elements of Style & Thumping technique

Hello, great to see you again! Do you remember that saying from a well known fizzy orange drinks company - "You've been tango'ed"? Well, that's what has happened today at Vintage Celebration Towers ;)

Here's my tangerine tango card & gift bag combination I promised you .. not a colour I have used very often (or been drawnn to!) but combined with greens, yellows & browns I think it is growing on me!

The card base is Crumb Cake and is stamped with the gorgeous flower in the Elements of Style stamp set in Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, Old Olive & Blush Blossom - all shades of monochromatic peachy colours. 

I coloured the stamp with Many Marvellous Markers (I don't know what I'd do without these!) using the Thumping Technique which involves "thumping" a darker colour ink over lighter coloured parts to give a two tone look. 

The sentiment is from Feel Goods stamp set which has 5 gorgeous phrases to brighten a day :) The vintage style vanilla lace is from the Artisan Embellishments Kit - I have cut it into half to use as an edging border.

Turning to the gift bag, I used good old Stampin' Up brown paper packaging to make a window gift bag and stamped Elements of Style in matching colours onto vellum paper which I overlaid onto the window cut using an Apothecary Accents framelit. 

The top of the bag has been punched with the scallop edge trim punch and then I have stamped parts of the French Foliage splatter & postmark stamp set around the bag. To finish I stamped a French Foliage leaf in Gumball Green, fussy cut it and then decorated with punched flowers in Tangerine Tango & More Mustard with one of the Itty Bitty punches and a sentiment from the now retired Perfectly Preserved stamp set.

Reminds me of a peaches & cream summer colour scheme :) Am entering this combo into 613 Avenue Create Earth Day colours, Pinspiration photo inspiration, Crafty Ribbons -anything goes with ribbon, Delightful challenges - anything goes,  Paper crafting journey - use a sentiment, The Playdate Cafe - colour inspiration, Addicted to stamps & more - markers, Crafts & Me - peaches & cream, Frilly & Funkie - upcycle (paper packaging), Hambo Hoedown - anything but a card, Crafty cardmakers - card & matching bag, Digi Darlas - recycled paper packaging, Victorine Originals - spring colours,  

Hope to see you again tomorrow - I have a masculine neutrals card for you :)

Stampin Up Swallowtail Spring card

Welcome back, this week is flying by don't you think? This time next week it will be May, nearly half the year gone! 

Some lovely news again this morning, I have been announced as the winner over at The Stampin Chef and at Freshly Brewed challenges :) can you spot my two new lovely winner buttons over on the left hand side of this page?

Today's creation features the gorgeous Swallowtail butterfly stamp - when I first saw this stamp I was a tad in awe of it! But having played around with it I now just love it, especially all the amazing detail.

Here's a closeup of all the gorgeous detailing ...

 Truly awesome!

The paper is from the Polka Party range and I''ve used Daffodil delight taffeta ribbon with two large pearls basic jewels. I wanted the card to have an uplifting and zingy feel to it and I think the yellow does exactly that  :)

You may be wondering why I've chosen to use blue, purple and yellow (they remind me of the colours of a bruise life cycle ;)), well they are the colour challenge over at Outlawz this week and the sketch layout is from Sketch Saturday. I'm also fluttering by Addicted to Stamps birthday card,  Challenges for Everybody anything goes, Creative Inspirations anything goes, Dream Valley - things with wings, Great Impressions - polka dots, There she goes TSG 204, Make It Monday, Cards In Envy Things with Wings, Scrap creations - insects,  Crafting by Design - anything goes.  

Back tomorrow with a Tangerine Tango combo - stay tuned!

Gift tag using Stampin Up dress up framelits, silver embossing powder & glimmer paper

Hello again, have a bit of mid-week sparkle to share today :)

Here's a little tag I made to accompany a special birthday present recently - I love the silver on black - very elegant and eye catching! The ladies in one of my monthly classes last night all wanted to CASE it to make cards and at the same time I gave them a tutorial on how to use the Stampin Up markers to colour the glitter paper to make coordinating flowers for their little dresses ;) They made some beautiful cards and dare I say it I preferred some of theirs to mine!

The tag was cut using the Two tags Bigz die (115954 £18.95) and basic black cardstock and the dress was cut from silver glimmer paper (124005 £4.50 for 2 sheets) using the Dress Up framelit dies (again!) (130101 £20.95 for 3 dies),  I cut the straps off the dress to make it a strapless evening gown. 

I then used the Floral Fusions die (115969 £4.95) to cut the little flower and secured it with a silver glimmer brad 121003 £4.50 for 40). This flower could have done with some many marvellous marker pen colouring don't you think?

I've echoed the bottom of the skirt with silver Dazzling Details glitter glue (124117 £2.25)  and then stamped just the 'Wow' part of one of the friendly phrases stamps (w 126149 £16.95, c 126151 £13.95) having masked the rest of the word off before stamping with Versamark (102283 £6.75) and then heat embossing with my heat tool in silver stampin emboss powder (109131 £3.95). 

This little tag is finished with some thin silver ribbon from my stash (and from my handmade wedding favours!)

That's all from me today folks, I have another class this evening to prepare for - with 8 daytime and evening classes a month now it feels like I never have enough time to craft!

See you tomorrow, have a great day!

Spring craft day guest gifts galore & mini album project

Hello there and welcome back. Today I promised to give you a sneak peek of the gifts the ladies that joined me for my Spring crafting day received as a personal thank you from me for coming.

We had a fabulous day chatting, laughing and of course making our chosen project - mini album journalling books out of Simply Scrappin kits - so much so I totally forgot to take photos tsk tsk! The ideas and inspirarion for what to do the bound page & pocket filled mini album books amazed me and I heard all sorts of ideas such as wedding mementoes, christening/baptism memories, recipe binders, gardening gifts, craft kits - endless possibilities! 

The Simply Scrappin kits were fantastic value at £18.95 each and had enough paper & card in to make our 8 page book & cover project and there was even some left over! There was a generous 3 sheets of die cut embellishments to use - will be popping some onto some cards & tags as well ;)

Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin 126927

Bandstand Simply Scrappin 126928

Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin 126930

Pinwheels on Parade Simply Scrappin 126929

Anyway here were the little gifts I made for my guests ....

Each guest had  a Patio Party (126916 £9.95) covered notebook complete with pen and decorated with a piece of vanilla flower trim (126869), a punched butterfly, embossed piece from Delicate Designs folders (127023) , finished with a scalloped circle with their initial stamped in Summer Starfruit from the Letter It stamp set (w 122840 £39.95, c 122842 £31.95).  

I prettied up the wire binding with tied on striped organdy ribbon (melon mambo 129293, marina mist 129292, old olive 129291 £8.95 for 9.1m) from the Spring/Summer catalogue. 

I made a sliding cover treat box and inside popped some Summer Smooches paper covered sweeties plus a cute fabric flower corsage cut from the More Amore fabric (129307 £8.95) in the Spring/Summer catalogue using the Fun flowers Bigz L die (121812 £28.95) which could be used as a corsage or as a hair decoration. 

The box was decorated with ticket stamps from the That's the Ticket set (w 128072 £20.95, c 128075 £16.95), punched with the duo ticket builder punch (126883 £15.50) and then ribboned with  pacific point stitched grosgrain ribbon (126878 £4.50 for 9.1m)
I made a gift bag (the one in the picture is made from last years Perfectly Preserved paper) with a hand made rosette finished with a Naturals Designer Button (127554 £4.50 for 24). The rosette was made using the simply scored scoring board tool (122334 £25.95). The little bag was chock full of card, paper, ribbon & embellishment samples. 

And lastly, I made a water bottle tag complete with a little pocket and a flower cut from the Blossom party Originals die (115971 £15.95) and decorated again in Patio Party papers.

If there's anything you'd like to ask or would like to have from today's post then just drop me a line at or call on 07803 883893 and I will do my best for you. 

Otherwise I'll be back tomorrow with a blinged up project to bring some sparkle to your day :) See you then!